“Obama IRS Scandal: Acting Director Of Tax Agency Resigns”


THE HUFFINGTON POST

By Sam Stein

 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that Steven Miller, the acting director of the Internal Revenue Service, had resigned amid criticism over the tax agency’s handling of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

Speaking from the White House’s East Room, the president said that he had instructed Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to hold the IRS accountable for its missteps, revealed in a Treasury Department inspector general’s report released on Tuesday. Among the steps Lew took was to request and accept “the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS.”

“It is important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward,” said Obama.

The president also said that he had instructed Lew to implement the recommendations of the inspector general’s report which looked into why groups with words like “tea party” in their name had been forced to endure more scrutiny when applying for 501(c)(4) status. Obama added that he would “work with Congress as it performs its oversight role” in investigating the IRS.

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Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Ser...
Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Service. The design is the same as the Treasury seal with an IRS inscription. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)